MCD Equipment Program

: Program : Eligibility : Equipment : Lending : Cost-Sharing
: Direct Purchase : Funding : Application : Equipment Problems :

Specialized Phone Equipment to Keep Maine Citizens in Touch

Please read this update about the Equipment Program, it may affect you!

MCD Equipment Program

Maine Center on Deafness offers specialized communications equipment to qualified people in Maine.

The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) Equipment Program is funded by the Universal Service Fund and the Division of Deafness located within the Department of Labor's Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

Through the MCD Equipment Program both Telecommunications (TEP) and Emergency Notification System (ENS) equipment are available.

Depending on your income there are three options available to obtain equipment:

MCD also publishes a TTY directory that is available for free. However, the next printing will be in 2007.

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Eligibility Requirements for MCD Equipment Program

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Specialized Telephone Equipment

Some of the products available include:

Text Telephone (TTY)

This device is generally used by individuals who are unable to hear and speak using a standard telephone.

Teletypewriter (TTY)
Voice Carry Over (VCO) or Hearing Carry Over (HCO)

Captioned Telephone (CapTel), Voice Carry Over (VCO) or Hearing Carry Over (HCO) Phone

For individuals who can speak, but cannot hear using a standard telephone, VCO or CapTel is available. For individuals who can hear, but cannot speak clearly, HCO is available.


Amplified TelephoneAmplified Telephone

This device is generally used by individuals who can not hear using a standard telephone. It increases the volume to improve understanding of spoken words.

TTY with Braille or Large Visual Display

These devices are generally used by individuals who are deaf-blind or have low vision and hearing loss. The TTY comes with Braille output device or large visual display.

TTY with Braille

Backtalking Phone

Back Talking Phone

This device has jumbo-size buttons with Braille characters, and also calls out the numbers as they are dialed.

Voice-Activated Speaker Phone

This device is designed for people with a mobility and/or dexterity loss that prevents using a standing telephone, It includes voice-activated answering and operation.

Voice -Activated Speaker Phone

Telephone Signalers

This device can be a flashing light, loud bell or vibrating unit to alert an individual that the phone is ringing.

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Equipment Lending Program

For persons who live on a limited or fixed income

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Equipment Cost-Sharing Program

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Direct Purchase Option

If you do not want to provide income information you can purchase telecommunications and alert equipment at a discounted rate.  Contact us for more information.

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Funds made possible by:

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Deafness

Maine Emergency Management Agency

Universal Service Fund

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Application Download Section

For an application you can download the form as a
word document click here
Please print and mail to us at the address on the form.
For more information, please contact:

Maine Center on Deafness, MCD
68 Bishop Street, Suite 3
Portland, Maine 04103
(207) 797-7656 TTY/V | 797-9791 FAX
1-800-639-3884 TTY/V outside the Portland calling area

or e-mail:


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Equipment Problems

If you have telecommunications equipment from this program and it is not working correctly, or does not meet your needs, please contact us.

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